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I've worn the same pair of…
I've worn the same pair of NRS Kickers for the last 3 years and they show little signs of wear, though I am a frequent paddler. They are a bit of a struggle to get on if bought to size, but that's actually a good thing as they completely prevent sand and other grit from getting in. They are also quite comfortable. The soles are thick enough to provide a level of security when wading and are grippy enough for secure portaging.
As with any neoprene product they can get smelly, but that can be mostly solved by wearing ankle- high antimicrobial socks and routine washing.
Nrs Kickers are an…
Nrs Kickers are an inexpensive, low cut paddling shoe of good design. They attach by means of a wide velcro strap across the top and an ajustable drawstring around the ankle. They show no tendencey to be wrenched off when portaging sideways down a steep bank. A nice feature is a tough rubber sole that extends around the back of the shoe and provides padding for your heels when seated. This does add a little extra length to the shoe however and it might be less suitable with low decked kayaks. Like all other NRS products I have used or come across, the materials seem to be of exceptional quality and wear very well. The sizes seem very conventional and the material has enough stretch that is is not unreasonable to mail order a pair. You'll be pleased.